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DIY The Cactus DIY Cat Scratching

There are such a lot of cat toys, climbing frames, scratching posts and extra on the market to maintain your feline good friend pleased nowadays – however at Create and Craft we consider the easiest of them are, after all, those you make your self! So with that in thoughts, we’ve requested the fabulous Penelope Quinn (and her four-legged high quality management assistant, Maui) to place collectively a DIY cat scratching submit undertaking to impress… and we predict you’re going to like it! Try Penelope’s step-by-step tutorial beneath, and create one thing each you and your cat will adore, in equal measure.

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Your fur child will love this cactus cat scratcher made out of sisal rope; douse the felt flowers in kitty nip they usually’ll adore it!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 50cm x 50cm plywood, approx 2.5cm deep
  • 50cm x 50cm faux grass
  • 2 half plastic Christmas baubles (sufficiently big to suit over the top of the pipe)
  • Inexperienced spray paint
  • 54 metres of pure sisal rope
  • 2 packets of inexperienced dye
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Hammer
  • Electrical Drill
  • Robust glue resembling Gorilla Grip
  • Sand or concrete
  • Felt to make flowers

 

PIPE…

  • 60cm of 80mm pipe, minimize into 8cm items
  • 6 x 80mm connectors
  • Rest room flange to suit 80mm
  • 80 mm 43 diploma bend
  • 80 mm 95 diploma bend
  • 2 x 95 diploma junction

Tips on how to Make an Superior DIY Cat Scratching Submit:

STEP 1:

Earlier than you start, dye your sisal rope. I used 2 packets, however chances are you’ll want extra. Soak in a single day so the dye soaks by the complete rope.

STEP 2:

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Centre the flange onto your board, and mark with a pencil the place the screws will go. Use your electrical drill to pre-drill the holes, after which safe your flange with screws.

STEP 3:

Lower a gap in your faux grass so it matches snugly over the flange. Glue it onto the board. Put your first connector onto the flange; if it doesn’t match 100% cosy, apply loads of glue.

STEP 4:

Take one in all your 8cm pipe bits you have got minimize, and hammer this gently into the connector.

STEP 5:

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Hold going, utilizing a pipe in between every connector till you have got Four connectors stacked on high of one another, held along with 5 items of 8cm pipe.

STEP 6:

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Fill with sand or concrete to assist preserve it regular.

STEP 7:

Connect a 95 diploma junction, adopted by an 8cm pipe, and a 45 diploma bend.

 

STEP 8:

Join your second 95 diploma junction. For the second arm of the cactus, use a connector, and the 95 diploma bend.

STEP 9:

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Break your plastic baubles in half, and use a glue gun to safe to every of the arms, and one on high.

STEP 10:

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Spray paint your cactus inexperienced. It doesn’t must be an ideal end.

STEP 11:

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Take your dyed sisal rope, and start to attach gun it across the base of your cactus, persevering with up.

STEP 12:

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If you attain a junction, criss-cross over a few instances, then preserve working your manner up till you’ve lined the complete cactus in rope.

STEP 13:

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Cowl the areas by measuring up smaller items of rope, and gluing them in.

STEP 14:

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Add a few flowers and pom poms. Depart it out for kitty to take pleasure in!

PENELOPE’S TOP TIPS:

  • You should utilize what ever sort of connectors and bends you’ll find, relying on what formed cactus you’d like!
  • Large {hardware} shops and plumbing outlets are the place to seek out all of your plumbing bits.
  • In case you don’t have 2-piece baubles, you can even use Styrofoam balls.
  • Spray portray your cactus first will cover a large number of sins.
  • You’ll use A LOT of glue sticks… so I like to recommend getting a giant bag!
  • Whereas it’s tempting to get nylon or artificial rope because it’s cheaper (and it additionally is available in inexperienced!) I like to recommend at all times utilizing sisal rope and dying with material dye. Cats wish to sharpen their claws on issues they’ll shred, they usually danger getting their claws caught on the artificial stuff. Sisal rope is irresistible to cats!
  • I discovered that the dye hadn’t soaked by the complete rope in locations – which was particularly noticeable after I began reducing smaller bits of rope. I painted on further dye to color the ends of this rope to assist disguise it.

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